Saturday, September 18, 2010

Holiday Time!

If you come to GWCC's An Artful Affair with a little bit of holiday decorating on your mind, you won't be disappointed, especially if you are into miniatures. These cute little hutches will brighten up any Halloween or Christmas display, or will fit in any 1:12 scale dollhouse. They are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, so shop early!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Artistry with Glass

GWCC is very pleased to have Heather Joy Puskarich as one of it's featured artists for An Artful Affair 2010.

Heather Joy Puskarich is a Pittsburgh based glass artist specializing in Photographic Imagery in Glass. She teaches at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and out of her home studio.

Heather Joy collaborates with several artists throughout the region and exhibits work frequently. Her work consists of several imagery in glass techniques ranging from photo resist sandblasting, decal work, and metal blasting while incorporating traditional experimental darkroom processes such as photo emulsions. Constantly pushing the envelope and closing the space between traditional photographic techniques and contemporary glass art is a major focus in her work.



Heather will be featuring her glass bracelets and pendants, as well as wall hangings and shelf pieces, at our show. Please come by on the 25th to see her fabulous work!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet Our Associates

As our mission statement says, GWCC is all about artists, craftsmen, designers, jewelers, and organic growers working together to promote excellence in handmade/handcrafted and homegrown products.

So, along with the artists who are being featured in our trunk show, An Artful Affair, later this month, we'll also have some wonderful associates joining us with their wares. It's all part of the enchanting experience we hope to provide you with on our special day.

Marlene Melego of Marlene's Baked Goods: join us for tea and some delightful delectables from Marlene's kitchen. How can you turn down homemade biscotti?

Sue McLaughlin of Glencross Farm Soaps and Sundries: Sue will be offering her elegant handmade bar soaps, formulated to pamper you in the most delicious and fragrant way possible.

Mike Iwinski of White Eagle Salon: in his in-home salon, Mike and his wife Kathi put 15 years of hair-care experience into an organic, all natural custom-made haircare line that brings out the best in your hair.

Bob Loncharich: Bob brings us kindling cut from old pallets, nicely bundled for storing next to your fireplace or for taking along for your s'mores treats by the campfire. Perfect for Fall!

Please join us on the 25th and treat yourself to an afternoon full of art, tasty treats, and fun. Remember, this is not your usual fare!

*Full information on An Artful Affair can be found in the sidebar to the right.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Beautiful Repurposing

We've mentioned before that GWCC has a strong commitment to the three R's (Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle). Well, the work of guest artist Katie Resch is a shining example of that commitment.

Katie will be bringing her lovely art on reclaimed barn wood to An Artful Affair. Be sure to stop by on the 25th to see this piece and so much more by the talented members and associates of the Greater Westmoreland Creative Collective!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cool fall breezes and warm 14kt gold...

The windows were wide open in my studio today and it was feeling brisk until the sun started streaming in...The resulting work?  A 14kt gold lotus charm flanked by faceted peridot, sapphire and rhodolite... 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Paper Arts and Miniatures...Together!

One of the items I'll be bringing to our show, An Artful Affair, on September 25th, actually bridges the gap between my two primary artistic interests: paper arts and miniatures.

I create one-of-a-kind greeting cards using vintage, licensed and original art.


And sometimes, I make miniature versions of those same cards.


Both regular and miniature size greeting cards will be available at our show. The miniature cards will be available as a set of eleven cards, an assortment that includes three Christmas/holiday cards and two Halloween cards.





These miniature cards are perfect for decorating the mantels, desks, and even walls of your holiday-themed dollhouse! Please come visit us at the show and say hello. There will be so many wonderful items for you to see!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grape, Purple, Burgundy


   Flower pins for autumn are featuring the purple family, because I wanted some things to coordinate with the soft magenta acorn I stitched a while back.  The acorn is absolutely one of a kind--early bird shoppers at Artful Affair get first dibs!  Maybe you'd rather get the aqua acorn sitting among the black/red/teal plaid flowers on the grapevine wreath!  Definitely upscale!